Lyon warms up for Barca with 2-1 win over Guingamp in France
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon warmed up for its Champions League meeting with Barcelona by beating Guingamp 2-1 on Friday to strengthen its hold on third place in the French league.
Goals from Martin Terrier and captain Nabil Fekir were enough for Lyon to move three points behind second-place Lille and six ahead of Saint-Etienne.
Terrier, who had earlier had a goal ruled out for offside, scored with a fine finish on the rebound after Houssem Aouar tried his luck from distance in the 15th minute.
Mbappe scores winner for PSG as Monaco continues to struggle
PARIS (AP) — Two days after celebrating his 20th birthday, Kylian Mbappe grabbed Paris Saint-Germain's winner against Nantes in a scrappy 1-0 home result on Saturday.
With PSG heading toward a third straight French league draw, Mbappe slid in at the back post to stab home Angel Di Maria's corner from the right in the 68th minute.
It took France's World Cup star to the top of the league scoring charts with 13, and ensured PSG heads into the winter break unbeaten in domestic competitions.
Lyon rescues draw at Shakhtar to edge into knockout rounds
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Lyon scraped into the knockout rounds of the Champions League after salvaging a 1-1 draw away to a tenacious Shakhtar Donetsk team on Wednesday.
Lyon boosted by derby win ahead of Man City match
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon climbed to second in the French league after beating local rival Saint-Etienne 1-0 on Friday but lost captain Nabil Fekir to a thigh muscle problem before a Champions League match next week against Manchester City.
After the first half where he clearly struggled for mobility in driving rain, playmaker Fekir was taken off.
Lyon held to draw by 10-man Hoffenheim in Champions League
LYON, France (AP) — Pavel Kaderabek scored in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw for 10-man Hoffenheim at Lyon on Wednesday and keep alive a glimmer of hope for the German club in the tournament.
With Manchester City thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Group F's other game, a loss would have put Hoffenheim out of contention. But Kaderabek, a Czech international, put the teams level with a simple finish from a free kick two minutes into added time after being left unmarked at the far post.
Payet back with France squad after Fekir’s withdrawal
PARIS (AP) — Marseille winger Dimitri Payet was called up Monday by France coach Didier Deschamps for upcoming matches against Iceland and Germany as a replacement for the injured Nabil Fekir.
Payet missed the World Cup because of injury and has not played with the national squad since a 2-1 win over Belarus in qualifying last October.
Lyon continues to struggle ahead of Champions League
PARIS (AP) — If Lyon was looking for a confidence boost in Caen ahead of its trip to Manchester City next week, the seven-time French champion got the opposite on Saturday.
Against a side reduced to 10 men after 55 minutes, Lyon drew 2-2 in Normandy following a late equalizer from Ferland Mendy which spared the blushes of another defeat.
Lyon will travel to England full of doubts for the start of its Champions League campaign.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — With a group of players worth more than a billion dollars, anything other than a win against Australia will be deemed as a failure for France in its World Cup opener.
The amount of individual talent within the France squad is impressive, including players such as Paul Pogba, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, Nabil Fekir, and Antoine Griezmann.
Having such star power assembled in Russia would be a dream for most coaches. For Didier Deschamps, it looks more like a headache.
Sloppy France equalizes late in 1-1 draw with US
LYON, France (AP) — Kylian Mbappe struck a late equalizer as France drew with the United States 1-1 in its final World Cup warmup on Saturday.
The 19-year-old forward reacted swiftly from near the penalty spot in the 78th minute, turning in a cross from right back Benjamin Pavard after he was released down the right flank by forward Nabil Fekir.
France missed several first-half chances and was punished in the 44th when the U.S. scored with its first meaningful attack through forward Julian Green.
LYON, France (AP) — France forward Nabil Fekir's move from Lyon to Champions League runner-up Liverpool fell through on Saturday.
Lyon said in a brief statement it decided to "end negotiations."
The 24-year-old Fekir reportedly had his medical with a view to a move for 65 million euros ($77 million), plus eventual bonuses.
PARIS (AP) — Olivier Giroud moved level with Zinedine Zidane for international goals as France began its World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win against Ireland on Monday.
Giroud poked the ball home in the 40th minute after his initial header from a corner was cleared off the line. It took the Chelsea striker to 31 international goals on his 72nd appearance — fourth with Zidane on France's all-time list.
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored a hat trick as Lyon came from behind to beat Nice 3-2 and qualify for the Champions League at the expense of Marseille in the French league on Saturday.
Lyon, which had a one-point lead over Marseille ahead of the last round, kept its lead intact and finished in third place behind Paris Saint-Germain and deposed champion Monaco. The first three teams in the French league qualified for the Champions League.
PARIS (AP) — Monaco scored an injury-time penalty to beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 at home and move into second place in the French league on Saturday.
Brazilian defender Fabinho coolly slotted home the spot kick after attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar was fouled by right back Mathieu Debuchy.
The win moved deposed champion Monaco two points above Lyon in the chase for an automatic Champions League place.
Lyon is one point ahead of fourth-place Marseille ahead of next weekend's final round.
Depay scores winner as Lyon beats league leader PSG 2-1
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored with a superb strike deep into injury time as second-placed Lyon beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Sunday, handing the league leader its second defeat of the season.
PSG had defender Dani Alves sent off in the 57th minute but seemed assured of securing a point until Depay decided otherwise with about 30 seconds left.
French league targets Saint-Etienne after pitch invasion
PARIS (AP) — The French league will investigate the incidents that marred a soccer match between Saint-Etienne and Lyon after home fans invaded the pitch and unfurled an aggressive banner calling for "hatred" during a 5-0 loss.
The derby between the two neighbors at Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium was halted twice on Sunday. Referee Clement Turpin stopped the game for a second time in the 84th minute when fans descended from the stands.
Fekir scores late free-kick winner as Lyon beats Monaco 3-2
Nabil Fekir scored his second goal of the game with a free kick deep into injury time as Lyon beat defending champion Monaco 3-2 in the French league on Friday.
Fekir won the free kick in the fifth minute of injury time, and then stepped up to curl the ball inside the bottom left corner from 25 meters (yards) for his seventh league goal in nine games.
"It's a great win, even though Monaco was missing a few players," he said.
Individual skills steer Lyon to 2-1 win over Guingamp
PARIS (AP) — Forward Mariano Diaz scored his fourth goal this season and 'keeper Anthony Lopes produced a couple of decisive saves as Lyon beat Guingamp 2-1 to go third in the French league on Sunday.
Struggling against a well-organized Guingamp team that created plenty of scoring chances, Lyon had to rely on some individual brilliance to snatch a third win of the season.
Nabil Fekir got past two defenders just outside the box to score the winner with a clinical finish in the 72nd minute.
Lyon concedes two late goals in 3-3 home draw with Bordeaux
PARIS (AP) — Forward Nabil Fekir's early contender for goal of the season was not enough, as Lyon conceded two late goals to draw with Bordeaux 3-3 in a thrilling French league match on Saturday.
After midfielder Lukas Lerager's 88th-minute goal, teammate Malcom earned Bordeaux a point with a fine strike in injury time.
Right back Kenny Tete and forward Bertrand Traore scored their first goals for Lyon, which was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Sergi Darder was sent off in the 36th minute.
French soccer on a high as Lyon advances in Europa League
In the latest show of strength in French soccer, Lyon powered into the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday by handing AZ Alkmaar a second heavy beating in a week.
Lyon displayed its attacking talent by following up a 4-1 victory in the first leg with a 7-1 thrashing at home, with Nabil Fekir scoring a hat trick. By winning 11-2 over two legs, Lyon completed the second biggest aggregate success in the competition's history.